Where is it: Podium Level, Rydges South Bank Cnr Grey & Glenelg Streets, South Bank .
What's it all about: Christmas spirit in sight and smell to support the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in spreading some Christmas cheer to sick kids!
Tell me more: Bacchus Restaurant loves to spread Christmas cheer by creating some amazing gingerbread masterpieces! You will fall in love with these creations - not just because they are so impressive, but the smell is fabulous! Be sure to pick up the recipe when you visit so that you can make your own (smaller! 😉) version at home.
2017: This year Bacchus have outdone themselves with a spectacular, life-size gingerbread Santa sleigh – with even more gingerbread than last year! Taking over three weeks to prepare, the whole sleigh weighs in at almost 500kg and it is strong enough to hold sitting passengers! Wow! Once again Rydges South Bank have created this masterpiece not only to add some Christmas cheer but also support kids at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital!
2016: The guys at Bacchus were hard at work this year designing and baking a magnificent gingerbread house! Teaming up with the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital to encourage the donation of presents for sick kids, you really need to get along and see this wonderful piece of baking and artistry! At over 250kg and covered with lollies it really is impressive - the looks on the kids' faces when they saw all those lollies is just priceless! And the smell is simply amazing!
Gingerbread Sleight, 2017
Ginberbread House, 2016
Where is it: At cinemas everywhere across Australia from 26 December 2017.
What's it all about: A lovely movie about a little boy chasing his dreams!
Tell me more: Disney Pixar needs no introduction – their movies have pretty much revolutionised people’s expectations when it comes to kids movies! Coco is a very special movie that is set around the theme of Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico! Miguel is a young boy who was born into a family of shoe-makers but despite his family’s ban on music he wants nothing more than to be a musician, and in his journey chasing his dreams he discovers the importance of his family and ancestry!
This was a lovely movie that like a lot of Disney Pixar films, offers great entertainment for the kids and more than enough to engage the parents! The computer-generated graphics and colours are vibrant and the music is spectacular! We went along with our 3 kids – our oldest, at 7, really connected with the storyline and couldn’t stop asking about his ancestry after the movie! Our younger boy who is 4 loved the setting and Miguel’s trusty sidekick – a street-dog named Dante! And even though this was our first time at the cinema with our little 2-year-old – she sat to attention and watched the whole movie – something we weren’t expecting but this movie certainly did grab us as a family! We rate this movie 4.5 out of 5 for families!
Where is it: Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City
What's it all about: A day in the life of Brisbane and part of an Australia-wide initiative to celebrate where we live in photos! A pop-up celebration simply to share photos of all the things that make Brisbane what it is!
How can I join in: Grab you camera, get shooting and start sharing! Share Brisbane with the world!
Tell me more: We love it here in Brisbane, it's such a relaxed city but it has everything that you need! For 24 hours you are encouraged to share images of Brisbane with the world using social media, take a shot and share using the hashtag #SnapBrisbane! There all also special event planned in the CBD! There are so many great sights in our city to photograph, but we're sure that the best images will be something other than the typical - so get creative and share your piece of Brisbane! This is the first time that this event has been held, but we love the idea and hopefully it becomes an annual event!
Where is it: Ferry departs from Redcliffe Jetty – 160 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe
Why we love it: We love days at the beach, so of course we will love a 45-minute ferry ride to a beautiful and relaxed island that is all beach!
Tell me more: Just 30 kms off the coast of Brisbane lies the world’s third largest sand islands – Moreton Island! We hopped on board the new Redcliffe2Moreton Express Ferry for a day trip to rival any holiday!
Leaving from the Redcliffe Jetty (about 45 minutes’ drive from Brisbane’s CBD), this pedestrian-only ferry service runs twice a week – on Fridays and Sundays, heading off at 10am and leaving the island at 4pm for a return into Redcliffe by around 5pm, so it’s a perfect choice for quick day trip or weekend getaway! The ‘Supercat’ is comfortable and perfect for the 45 minute trip across the bay and you can grab a free tea or coffee (before leaving), there are snacks and drinks available for purchase and there are toilets on board as well. The fully-enclosed lower deck provides ample and fully weather-proof comfort, while the upper and outer back deck are great for getting some fresh air and provide great vantage points if you are lucky enough to spot some of the magnificent wildlife that inhabit the bay – whales, dolphins or even dugong can sometimes be spotted on the ride over!
Upon arrival at Moreton Island (just near the tiny township of Bulwer), you need to transfer into a smaller tender for the transfer across to the island. It’s only about 30m, but you land directly on the beach and you will get wet feet so be prepared. It might be an idea to bag up any electronics just in case. You can carry one bag of up to 30kgs and you can take a pram if needed, however it is sand everywhere so you won’t really get much use out of a pram on the island.
The arrival point at Moreton Island is right next to one of Bulwer’s most distinctive sights – 3 rusty shipwrecks which were deliberately beached to provide a bit of a break many years ago! The old shipwrecks are now more of a fascination for the tourists and locals alike, and provide beautiful photo opportunities! Transfers to other parts of the island or activities should be arranged to meet you prior to arrival – it’s a short walk (maybe a couple of hundred metres) to Castaway’s Café and Store where you can grab a bite to eat (their burgers are delicious!) and it’s about 1km walk to the closest campsite. Bear in mind that this is a sand island, so the walking can be pretty heavy going! There are no paved roads or footpaths here! Another point to note is the main beach also serves as a bit of a highway – it’s reasonably obvious where the 4 wheel drives run, so make sure that you are aware and try to stay out of their path!
While there are a number of places to explore and things to do here on Moreton, our plan for the day was to do as little as possible! We carried a portable gazebo with us so we could stay a little closer to the water, however there are a few shady spots under the trees to be found. The beach is superb – the sand is beautiful and soft; the water is clear and there are small waves to excite the little kids (but not enough to surf in). The shipwrecks can be explored although they are quite deteriorated and shouldn’t be touched – one of them is totally in shallow water while the other two are about half in the water and half up on the beach. And another joy for us here on the eastern coast is we got to water the sun start to sink across the water in the afternoon, something we don’t always get to see!
We had a fantastic day over at Moreton Island – the trip was comfortable and easy, the staff on the boat were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, the beach was absolutely gorgeous and our meal from Castaway’s Café was really yummy! And the day wasn’t too long either – we had about 5 hours on an island beach from a 9:30am start and back by 5pm. Just perfect! But next time we visit we might just have to stop for a night or two!
Amenities: Amenities on the island are limited, however toilets are available for use at Castaway’s Café and you can purchase bottled water as well as prepared meals and general store items! 👍👍👍
Parking: Finding a park in Redcliffe shouldn’t be too much trouble, however take note of market times at Redcliffe – it can be a busy little spot! 👍👍
Access: On the mainland side access is easy! On the island side it’s a little trickier with the transfer vessel and landing directly on the beach – it’s not really that well suited for wheeled use! 👍
Best for: It’s a beautiful beach however it is definitely better suited to those who are more mobile – we travelled with a 2 year old but it might be a little trickier with a younger child! 👍👍👍
Summary: This really is a beautiful spot! The ferry is an easy trip over and the beach is so nice – we had a great time! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: Plan to stay for a couple of days so that you can explore more of the island!
Exploring the island
Walking to the shop
Where is it: 1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Why we love it: Beautiful swimwear on display in the gorgeous relaxed setting of Emporium Hotel's Cocktail Bar - how could we not love this!
Tell me more: We were privileged to be able to attend a lovely showing of beautiful swimwear from Kate Davis Steer's SunSoaked - a local Brisbane swimwear label that is now distributed and worn across the world! Here in Brisbane we are definitely living in sun soaked and beach-loving environment, so it's great to have beautiful styles from a designer who understands that protecting our skin (the premium fabrics used have UPF 50+ ratings) does not have to mean foregoing on style! The designs are just gorgeous and they have arrived just in time our summer!
Where is it: 25 Warner Street, Fortitude Valley
Why we love it: How could we not love putt-putt?
Tell me more: Holey Moley is a unique and crazy mini-golf venue right in the inner city! Not only can you enjoy a round or two of awesome mini golf fun, you can also grab a drink at the Caddyshack Bar or even grab a feed from the super yummy mobile food trucks that like to call Holey Moley home! Such a fun venue and great for parties! Yay for putt-putt!
Where is it: 441 Cedar Grove Road, Cedar Grove
Why we love it: A chance to not only watch, but launch a real rocket - how could we not love that!
Tell me more: Every couple of months or so, the Queensland Rocketry Society holds public viewing days as their society members launch some amazing rockets ! That in itself is a pretty impressive outing for the kids as they can watch these rockets shoot thousands of feet into the air! But for a relatively small cost (the last time we checked it was only $20!), you can get your very own (and real!) rocket - which you prepare and launch yourself (under guidance, of course)! Amazing! You even get to keep it and bring it back for the next open day! So much fun and very potentially the start of an awesome new hobby for you and your kids!
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